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More Camp Algonquin items to be sold off

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014 9:08 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Bee hives, barbeque grills and canoes are being auctioned off as the McHenry County Conservation District continues to clear out the former Camp Algonquin site.

An online auction is now open for bidding and will close at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, at http://bit.ly/1fpMYXJ.

The auction also includes some surplus items belonging to the conservation district, including a 1993 Chevy 1500 W/T Cheyenne and a 1953 Ford Jubilee Model tractor.

Many of the items – cabinets, fishing poles, golf carts and parks, goal posts and yard tools – are from the 22 buildings set for demolition at the century-old campsite.

The conservation district's board of trustees sent a proposed master plan for the 279-acre Fox Bluff Conservation Area, which includes the campsite, back to staff in September. The plan called for the demolition of all the camp's buildigns except the recreation hall.

Board members asked staff to take a second look at an additional three buildings: a century-old dairy barn, a small counslors cabin built in the 1950s and one of the dormitories built by the Tribune Company, one of the camp's main benefactors.

An Illinois preservation group added Camp Algonquin to its list of most endangered historical places in the state earlier this year.

In the meantime, the board gave staff the OK to stop maintaing and heating the other buildings.

Pick-up and removal of all auction items is set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, only. Buyers are responsible for all the labor, tools and equipment needed to remove the items.

The auction is being handled by Obenauf Auction Service, a company the district has a standing contract with.

This is the 11th auction the district has held, according to district spokeswoman Wendy Kummerer. The district auctions surplus items to recoup some money.

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